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viewers, janet napolitano has been in staten island touring that devastated area. here she is right now. let's listen in. >> we know that staten island took a particularly hard hit from sandy. and so we want to make sure that the right resources are brought here as quickly as possible to help this community which is so very strong recover even more quickly. just to give you a sense of an overview, it's been mentioned that this was a large storm. the area that sandy covered was roughly the size of europe. we had major disasters in a number of states that president obama already has declared emergency declarations in a number of states that have been declared. we have seen some huge impacts on things like the availability of power. and with of course the loss of power comes attendant losses on things like gasoline. so all of these things, all of these issues being worked now as the community comes back and as we work to support con ed and other utility companies in getting the grid back on. we have over 75,000 survivors in new york and new jersey who now have applied for disaster assistan
security secretary janet napolitano toured the area, vowing to do everything she could to help. plus, after insisting this sunday's new york city marathon would go on, mayor bloomberg canceled the race. many were outraged the city would take valuable efforts away from the recovery efforts for the marathon. tonight, city hall and race officials have called it off. meanwhile, look at this. cars lined up for miles to get gas. drivers in some cases waiting 20 hours as the supply dwindles, fighting with each other. there's one report that a guy pu pulled a gun at one gas station. tonight the military is delivering fuel to the disaster zone, sending 24 million gallons of extra gas, a welcome sign. the obama administration is hiring trucks to bring the gas to staging areas. all this is unfolding four days before the general election. president obama and governor romney fighting it out for every last vote, especially in the key state of ohio. today the latest cnn poll shows obama with a very slight edge there, but there's everything to play for. today, the last jobs report before election day was r
of their cries for help were heard. just hours ago, janet napolitano went to staten island to view the clean-up and she assured the island's residents they have not been forgotten. >> we know that staten island took a particularly hard hit from sandy. and so, we want to make sure that the right resources are brought here as quickly as possible to help this community, which is so very strong, recover even more quickly. >> brian todd is live on staten island and brian, what is the situation there tonight? >> erin, the same here is still one of devastation. you've got scenes like this behind me. this house on cedar grove avenue and many others like it. either completely levelled or in a condition that's thot much better than that. this neighborhood has seen some signs of life, of hope, after a couple of days of just real despair and feeling cut off at the lack of relief agencies here. we've had new york city bulldozers, sanitation trucks, dump trucks here clearing off this neighborhood. the national guard was on the ground all day today and there have been some shelters set up a little less tha
by just left secretary napolitano. the red cross, they are in full gear now. fema on the ground, things are starting to happen. gerri: last night you said you were not happy with the response. now i hear you say we are getting help and i'm happy to see the response i am getting. >> absolutely, it is night and day. a big change from yesterday. today the calvary has come, what we have been asking for four days. we have had fema going door to door, we have a strategy meeting with the secretary just hours ago, talking about things we felt were falling through the cracks, things in the gap. but what about elderly people not in the catastrophe zone but have no power. they have been in their house for four or five days, nobody knows if they have gotten any food. i know the other elected officials on the island have been asking about coordinating. if they don't have food, we get it. things like that are finally getting coordinated. gerri: is red cross on the scene? speak of the national ceo came up to me and gave me a hug. they have been coming in since last night. i got him a place to stay and
-- >> secretary napolitano came today? >> she came today. i met her at the airport. nice conversation with her on the way to the field and things are looking up. we have all kinds of -- in fact, i have a whole team of fema people. the deputy sleeping in my office. i got cots there. i got a whole team. >> i feel bad that we weren't here sooner because we were so focused on new jersey and queens and all the other places. but you come here and i mean, my god, it's unbelievable. >> you know my frustration. >> yeah. >> the frustration that i have when i didn't have no help, no support, what it was doing to me. it was killing me. that's why i spoke out, got angry. >> that's what it took. it made a difference. it's frustrating that it took you yelling yesterday morning to start to get people to pay attention. thank god you did. >> right. you see the damage here. >> yeah. what do you make, you know, you walk around here and there was like a motorcycle group here handing out food. there's a blind woman here on this street with her dog handing out food to people. >> no surprise to me. no surprise to me.
napolitano, who's in new york city, says that's only just the beginning. but many residents of staten island which was inundated by the storm's tidal surge, say they're getting virtually no help yet. and their desperation is now turning to anger. cnn's brian todd is on the island. he's joining us live. brian, tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, we're in the new dorf beach section cedar grove avenue. this place is still flooded out even after the waters receded. people just barely able to kind of wade through the water, try to get to homes and assess damage. you've got a church that's flooded out here to your left, my right. and our photo journalist can pan back over this way down marine way. look down here with just the debris and people trying to gather things and bring things out and clear their homes of all the wreckage. what we know now, wolf, is that the bodies of two young boys who were washed away from their mother during the storm have been found. they were found in a marsh not too far away from here. now, that brings the death toll we think to a little bit more than the doze
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